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Diabetes – looking at the various aspects of diabetic footcare

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Over the next few months we will be looking at various aspects of diabetic foot care including the questions you should ask about your risk of developing a foot problem e.g.

  1. How often do I need to have a foot check?
  2. How can diabetes affect my feet? What is my risk of developing a foot problem and how have you calculated this?
  3. How will I know if my risk changes?
  4. What should I do if I think I’ve got a foot problem?
  5. What is the best way of looking after my feet?
  6. Can you advise me about shoes, socks and insoles?
  7. Are there any changes to my lifestyle that I need to make?
  8. How can managing my diabetes help?
  9. Why are you referring me to someone else? What will they do?
  10. How often do I need to have a foot check?

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends annual monitoring of blood glucose, blood pressure, total cholesterol, kidney and eye screening and an assessment of lower limb for all people with diabetes.

Having a diagnosis of diabetes will put you at increased risk of foot problems. It is therefore very important to understand just how diabetes can affect your feet and your Risk Level.

Foot examinations should be carried out by a trained healthcare professional. A foot examination will:

  • establish if you have any foot problems at present
  • examine your foot shape and footwear to see whether you may be at risk of rubbing or pressure
  • check your skin for changes in colour and look for ulcers, sores, areas of hard skin and any signs of inflammation or infection
  • test the feeling in your feet to see how well the nerves are working
  • take the pulse in each of your feet to check the blood flow
  • work out your risk (low, moderate or high) of developing a diabetic foot problem.

Following the foot examination, you will understand why your feet have been classed as Low, Medium or High Risk of developing foot complications in the future and how to look after your feet. Those at Low Risk will be checked annually, Medium Risk, every 3-6 months and High Risk every 1-2 months.

If the foot check shows that you don’t have any foot problems, you will still need to have a foot check every year.

If your feet have not been screened and checked by a trained healthcare professional in the last year then you should contact your foot health provider, in the first instance, or GP.  At Kenilworth Footcare, we are trained in and can provide diabetic footcare advice. Get in touch today